September 22, 2015

The general rule of thumb is: Expect sequels to disappoint. By this, we mean things like The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover parts two and three, and if you’re old enough to remember it, the George Clooney version of Batman & Robin.

But then again, there are the ones that pleasantly surprise us (see: Toy Story 2, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back), and prove that sequels aren’t always bad – and there is a lot of value in taking the essence of the original and expanding on it. We’d like to think of the Shiseido Ultimune Eye as an example of a good sequel, as it builds on the intent of the original Shiseido Ultimune serum – to boost the skin’s immunity levels – while catering to a part of the face that very much needs an immunity upgrade.

Logically, the more delicate skin around the eyes would require stronger protection, made all the more so by all the hours we spend with our eyes trained on computer and phone screens and the (probably consequential) lack of sleep. The inherent nature of the skin there is that it’s three times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face, with very few sweat and sebum glands so it’s more prone to dryness; plus, blinking approximately 20,000 times a day as well as friction from applying and removing makeup also contributes to constantly wearing the skin down. Which all makes for a very strong case for extending the powers of the Ultimune concentrate into a sequel for the eyes.

Elements of the original Ultimune that you’ll find in the Ultimune Eye include the Ultimune Complex™, made up of a combination of ingredients to boost the immune system’s Langerhans cells to better defend against external skin aggressors, while improving hydration and skin firmness. It also carries the same fragrance combination of rose and lotus elements that calm you down, since emotional stress affects your skin’s immunity as well. What’s made especially for the eyes is the ImuMoisture Extract™ complex, to both increase the sensitivity of Langerhans cells and stop skin-damaging factors, the cause of uncomfortable skin dryness, from building up. Plus, it boosts the effect of the Ultimune Complex™ – so think of it as the more intense version of the Ultimune serum, to take care of the delicate skin around the eyes. See? Sequels don’t always have to be a letdown. We’re even hoping for Shiseido to release parts three and beyond.


Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, $98. Available at Shiseido counters.